6th Asia-Pacific Regional Interfaith Dialogue

posted on 15 March 2012

Hi, my name is Astrid and I have been a member of the SGI since June 2010.

I have had the opportunity to attend the 6th Asia-Pacific Regional Interfaith Dialogue in Samarang, Central Java, Indonesia. I was one of the nine New Zealand delegates accompanied by three NZ Government officials. I’m representing New Zealand interfaith youth.

 I’m the only SGI member amongst the 120 delegates participating from 15 countries.

The aim of the conference is to strengthen collaborative communities to promote regional peace and security. An action plan has been drafted. I have made many friends especially two young Muslim women, one of who studied President Ikeda’s philosophy of peace for this conference. The conference has highlighted to me the importance of inter-faith activities, and value of sharing the humanistic philosophy of the SGI.